Recent Viewpoints

June 28, 2017
drifiting towards divorce

Kerby Anderson In an earlier commentary, I talked about how Dennis Prager argues that we are in the midst of a type of civil war. He believes the country is as divided as the real Civil War that divided states. David French argues that we aren’t really in a civil war but are certainly drifting toward divorce in this country. I will leave for another day a discussion of this intramural debate about divisions in this country. They both acknowledge…

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June 27, 2017
Defending Sharia Law

Kerby Anderson Earlier this month there were a number of marches against sharia law in at least 20 cities organized by the group, ACT for America. They claimed that, “sharia law is incompatible with American Law.” In previous commentaries I have suggested you remember the numbers 1-8-14. Sharia law contradicts the First Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, and the Fourteen Amendment. There are other conflicts between sharia law and American law, but all you need to do it remember the numbers…

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June 26, 2017
Chris Van Hollen

Kerby Anderson You might expect a nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget would be asked about his or her background in economics or experience in government service. Instead Russell Vought was asked about a theological post that defended a decision made by the administration of Wheaton College. Daniel Davis said the questioning turned into “nothing less than theological interrogation, and in the end, excoriation.” David French argued that it showed how “religious ignorance breeds progressive…

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June 23, 2017
Transgender Military Policy

Penna Dexter At Army bases across the country mandatory transgender integration training began last week that will extend to all officers, non-commissioned officers and civilians who work with soldiers. The United States Army is preparing leaders to deal with biological men being allowed in women’s showers, gender transition care — including gender reassignment — funded by the taxpayer, and even “male” pregnancies. The policy undermines privacy, already in short supply in the military. It requires that service members’ sleeping, bathroom…

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June 23, 2017

Kerby Anderson There was a time fifty years ago when we had fewer safety devices and less parental supervision, yet most of us survived. Some of us had accidents, but others were lucky to get out of childhood without even as much as a broken bone. Edward Kosner writes about accidents in his column on “How Not to Step on That Banana Peel.” He quotes from Steve Casner (author of the book, Careful: A User’s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds)…

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June 22, 2017
Perpetual Kids

Kerby Anderson Senator Ben Sasse writes in his new book about, The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance. He recently took some material from the book and wrote about “What Happens When We Don’t Raise Kids to Become Adults.” He tells the story of being tapped to become president of Midland University at the age of 37-years-old. The board of directors did so because Ben Sasse had the reputation as a “turnaround”…

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June 21, 2017

Kerby Anderson A phrase often used to describe the ideology of Muslim terrorists is the phrase “Islamist extremism.” British Prime Minister Theresa May, for example, used it after the terrorist attacks in London. Andrew McCarthy says the phrase illustrates “the Western schizophrenia about radical Islam.” He argues in a recent column that, “If you are an Islamist in the West, you are, by definition, an extremist. An Islamist is a Muslim who believes Islam requires the imposition of sharia, Islam’s…

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June 20, 2017

Kerby Anderson Although Ramadan is a holy month of fasting for Muslims, you may have also noticed that it always seems to be a time of increased attacks on infidels. Last year during Ramadan there were 421 dead and 729 wounded. This year, the statistics will be equally grim. At first this seems like a contradiction. Ramadan occurs during the ninth lunar month in the Islamic calendar. It is time when Muslims fast from their first prayer of the day…

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June 19, 2017
Tennes-family

Kerby Anderson A family in Michigan was banned from selling their organic apples, peaches, and cherries at the farmers market. They weren’t banned because their produce is inferior or unfit for human consumption. They were banned because they believe in traditional marriage. They own a 120-acre farm and often bring some of their produce into the city to sell at the seasonal market. The farm also has a Facebook page. Their problem started when they expressed their traditional view of…

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June 16, 2017
bernie sanders

Penna Dexter Two United States senators have articulated a standard, which would disqualify any real Christian from office. The occasion was last week’s Senate confirmation hearings for Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Senator Bernie Sanders read from a blog post Russ Vought wrote, in January 2016, at the conservative website, Resurgent. The piece was a defense of Christianity and also of a religious school’s right to set standards for its…

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June 16, 2017
andrew_mccarthy

Kerby Anderson In a speech at Hillsdale College, Andrew McCarthy told the story of leading the prosecution in 1993 of the terrorist cell that bombed the World Trade Center. At the time, other government officials told him that he “should read nothing into the fact that all the men in this terrorist cell were Muslims.” These officials explained that the terrorist actions weren’t representative of Islam, because it is religion that encourages peace. The government also portrayed the leader of…

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